Thompson leaves the Cavaliers after an eight-season run with Cleveland, which drafted him fourth overall in 2011. He endured highs and lows with the Cavs, capturing a title with LeBron James and Co. in 2016, only to be part of 38 combined wins with the team in the two years since James left for Los Angeles.
Whether he’d remain in Cleveland became a question mark when they acquired fellow big man Andre Drummond at the February trade deadline. The two ended up playing just five games together because of the COVID-19-related shortened season, and while Drummond holds a player option for the coming season, the question was whether the Cavs would want to keep both players.
Thompson has produced for Cleveland, averaging a double-double the past two seasons after never having done so previously in his career. And this past season, he averaged a career-high 12.0 points per game, while showing some deep shooting range (9 of 23 from deep) for the first time in his career.
But he also shot just 51 percent on 2-pointers, his lowest mark since 2013-14, while his 1.8 turnovers per game were a career high.